President's Message
Preventing student alcohol abuse

Revisiting Chico's radical past

Editor’s Note
Cultural Diversity at CSU, Chico

Campus Collage
• Memorial Scholarships
• Mexican University
• Waste Habitat
• Web Sitings
• Briefly Noted
• Sportsline
• With Respect
• In the News

A World's Eye View
Back from Uzbekistan

A Faculty Reflection
Russia continues to struggle


New publications by faculty and alumni

Opportunities for Giving
Conservationist endows scholarships

Helping a New Generation of Students
Leadership Institute named after alumna

World Beat

Founders Week, the arts, and sports

Issue Credits
Spring 2001



As I leaf through the final proofs of this issue, I'm struck by the cultural diversity represented in these 32 pages. Many different corners of the world are visited in this small space, from Guatemala to Zimbabwe to Slovakia to Siberia.

This wasn't planned—we didn't set out to include all these far-flung parts of the world in one issue. The faculty, students, and alumni of CSU, Chico just happen to be very much involved in world affairs. This is something people might not expect from a university in a small town in Northern California.

In my year here on campus, I've met quite a few faculty and students who've combined academic endeavors with world travel. There's English professor Frank Li, who spent the last five summers researching Tungusic languages in Inner Mongolia and northeast China on a National Science Foundation grant. And history professor Kate Transchel, who's done extensive research on drinking cultures among Russian workers. And history majors Brendan Welsh and Josh Neves, who've spent part of their college careers studying in Merida, Mexico, and Beijing.

This issue also covers important topics close to home. We examine the serious problem of student alcohol abuse and campus efforts to educate students on the dangers of binge drinking. Another article features the collaborative efforts of a group of private and public organizations, including CSU, Chico, to protect an important ecosystem along Big Chico Creek. On the lighter side, we look at Chico's version of a national phenomenon—an in-your-face kind of poetry reading reminiscent of the '60s Beat scene.

On our cover is a retired CSU, Chico professor who is internationally known for his photography and continues his creative work into his ninth decade. I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with photographer Ira Latour during our photo shoot at his home in Chico. As university photographer Jeff Teeter set up for the shoot, Ira entertained graphic designer Rich Nelson and me with stories about his travels in post-war Europe while we browsed through his prints.

As always, I welcome your feedback—on the overall look and content of the magazine, as well as on important issues such as student alcohol abuse, a subject of ongoing discussion at the university.


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